April 28, 1970: Marshall's Slam Leads Mets Over Giants

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Date: April 28, 1970
Mets starter: Gary Gentry
Mets: 5
Giants: 2
Winning pitcher: Gary Gentry
Key player(s): Dave Marshall
Key play: Marshall’s grand slam in 1st

The Mets faced the Giants on a Tuesday night in San Francisco. The teams played a two-hour and 39-minute game to start a series at Candlestick Park. Dave Marshall, who had been traded by the Giants the previous winter, hit a grand slam in his first at bat against his former team to lead the Mets to a 5-2 win.

Giants’ starter Gaylord Perry walked Mike Jorgensen to begin the top of the first inning. Bud Harrelson reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder and Ken Boswell singled to load the bases. An ensuing single by Art Shamsky scored Jorgensen for the first run of the game. Perry struck out Donn Clendenon and Marshall came to bat. Dave clouted a grand slam to increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Wayne Garrett drew a walk and Perry fanned Duffy Dyer and Gary Gentry to end the inning. The Giants then scored when Willie Mays hit a solo home run off Gentry with two outs in the bottom half.

From the second inning to the fifth, Gentry and Perry each pitched scoreless ball. Gary yielded a walk to Dick Dietz and a double to Bobby Bonds, but no other San Francisco baserunners during the four-inning stretch. Meanwhile, the Mets came up empty despite four singles off Perry. Giants’ reliever Frank Reberger retired the Mets in order in the top of the sixth. Gentry then set down three consecutive Giants batters after a leadoff single by Ron Hunt in the bottom of the inning.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out against Reberger in the top of the seventh. Clendenon hit a ground ball to shortstop Hal Lanier for an inning-ending double play. Gentry shut down San Francisco in the bottom half and the Giants’ Frank Linzy pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Bonds led off the bottom half with a double and later scored on a two-out double by Willie McCovey. Gentry then hit Ken Henderson with a pitch and retired Dietz on a fly ball to center fielder Jorgensen for the third out.

Linzy set down the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning. Mets’ reliever Tug McGraw got Jim Davenport on a grounder to shortstop Harrelson to open the bottom half. McGraw followed up by throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Al Gallagher. Tug then struck out Bob Heise to end the game. The Mets had a victory to begin the three-game series.